Sunday, January 27, 2008

Telegraph goes undercover and excels

The Sunday Telegraph can be applauded this morning for its investigation into child trafficking.It is not often that the voice of the establishment crusades against hunanitarian issues but its front page splash today by undercover reporter David Harrison reveals

An undercover reporter was offered several children for sale by their parents in Nigeria: two boys aged three and five for £5,000, or £2,500 for one, and a 10-month-old baby for £2,000. Teenage girls - including some still pregnant - were willing to sell their babies for less than £1,000.
One international trafficker, tracked down in Lagos, claimed to be buying up to 500 children a year.
Impoverished African parents are being lured by the traffickers' promises of "a better life" for their children, thousands of miles away in cities including London, Birmingham and Manchester.
But, once brought to Britain, the children are used as a fraudulent means to obtain illicit housing and other welfare benefits, totalling tens of thousands of pounds each a year.

Check out the Telegraph Tv piece which you can also access on the same page

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